Mt. Sentinel Student Services

  Learning Support Program Objectives:

  • Support the development of inclusive learning environments that create and sustain a sense of  
     belonging and respect.
Support all learners in becoming independent and confident in a mainstream classroom.
  • Support all learners in becoming self-advocates.
  • Support the creation of heterogeneous groups; all students are valued members of the 
  • Support all learners working at an appropriate, respectful level of challenge.
  • Support teachers in adjusting content, process, and product in response to a student’s readiness,
     interests, and learning profile.

  • Work in collaboration with classroom teachers in implementing assessment for learning and sound
     grading and reporting practices across the curriculum.
  • Work in collaboration with classroom teachers, the school based team, parents and students in
     working towards meeting the goals of our yearly school growth plan.


Roles and Responsibilities of the School Based Planning Team:

The classroom teacher  has the subject area expertise that enables them to best provide learning opportunities that explore all aspects of our formal school curriculum.  Areas of expertise also include: classroom organization and management, assessment, setting learning targets, behavior management, working with parents and other professionals, collaboration in individual education planning, assessment and reporting, and perhaps most importantly, the "informal" curriculum. The classroom teacher also oversees the daily work of paraeducators in the classroom.

The Learning Resource Teacher is a school-based teacher with the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to act as a resource to staff, parents and students.  Targetted support is also provied to both learners who are struggling and students requiring an individualized educational plan (IEP) or service plans outlining adaptations that support learning.  In the triangle of support model above, the learning resource/support teacher works to assist the classroom teacher in meeting both individual and class learning needs in our ever changing, diverse classrooms.  The resource teacher also strives to coach the learner in meeting individual learning targets and behaviour expectations while also trying to maintain a strong attachment to the classroom teacher.

Paraeducators (this term includes Youth and Family Workers) are a valuable resource in our schools. Paraeducators help to motivate students, build their self-confidence, and provide additional individual attention to those who need it either in class, one-on-one, or in small group settings. Paraeducators will also work with other professionals who are part of the student's support team (e.g.. speech and language pathologist, occupational therapist). Paraeducators work in collaboration with teachers, Learning Resource teacher and administration. 

The Teacher Librarian & Technology Integration Coordinator is a school-based teacher with the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to act as a support to staff, parents and students.  
Guidance and support is provided in utilizing technology as both a resource and learning tool for both staff and students. One-on-one, small group, and whole class support is also provided to develop the necessary skills to access information in our vastly changing, information rich, technological world.

How to Access Service:
     • students access service directly
     • parents may contact the Learning Resource Teacher directly
     • students may be referred for support by a classroom teacher, counsellor and/or the School Based


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